Leaders are readers. If you study highly successful leaders in their field, who have sustained excellence over long periods of time – a common denominator in all of their success is that they are readers. From U.S. Presidents to business icons to world-changing innovators and creatives…they are all readers.
I wasn’t a very good reader when I was growing up. I would occasionally read books, but I wasn’t an avid reader at all.
A little over 20 years ago, I heard Pat Williams, an author, speaker, and a Senior Vice-President for the NBA Orlando Magic challenge us to read from a book one hour a day. He said if we did that, we’d read about a book a week, and 52 in a year!
Being a competitive person, I decided to accept his challenge, and to say that it changed my life, personally and professionally, would be an understatement. It has become a much-loved habit!
I have an intense growth mindset, and in all my career stops, I’ve had an intense desire to grow, develop, and learn, both personally and professionally, to become the absolute best that I could be. Reading has played a very key pivotal role in that growth and development.
Reading has become so important to me, that as a college basketball coach, my wife and I underwrote a community-wide program in elementary schools that encouraged students to develop a love for reading, and then rewarding those students that read a certain level of books with free admission to our basketball games, t-shirts, etc.
Even today, as a professional speaker, business leader, and author, I continue to read daily, as well as regularly recommending books for others to read, personally and through my social media accounts.
Many times, people have a desire to know what I am reading, and with the growth of this website, they have requested that I provide a listing of the books that I’ve read. Thus, I have created this page on my website called Roy’s Library.
As we move through 2019, I’ll be adding to the list, and will try to give a brief synopsis of what the book is about. For years past, listed below, I’m simply going to list the book’s title and author. My reading topics are broad, but I’m able to apply everything I read to all aspects of my life.
I hope this is beneficial for you. Read up! Enjoy! Grow, learn, and develop yourself so that you can Grow Greatness in yourself! Remember Leaders are Readers.
Unleashing Innovation by Nancy Tennant Snyder & Deborah L. Duarte
At the start of the 21st century Whirpool under the leadership of CEO Dave Whitwam made the strategic decision to embed innovation throughout their company, and that resulted in Whirpool transforming an industry. The book uses real life examples in laying out all aspects of embedding innovation throughout your company.
The Orange Revolution by Adrian Robert Gostick
This is a practical guide to building high-performance teams, and shows how “one great team can transform an entire organization.” A book that everyone in business needs to read and study to maximize the different teams in your company.
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Joseph Schwartz
This 60-year old book gives secrets of success in life and business, and although the illustrations are six decades old, this quick read gives you thought provoking ideas to apply to your life and career.
Leading by Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz
The winningest soccer coach ever, with 27 years at the helm of Manchester United, shares the tools to his success and he and Moritz draw out lessons for business and life.
Double Blessing by Mark Batterson
Another life-impacting book from one of my favorite authors, who shows us how to inventory our God-given blessings and then flip them to bless others.
What Matters Now by Gary Hamel
Great book for leaders in how to build your organization in the midst of relentless change, ferocious competition, and unstoppable innovation.
Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
A must-read for anyone in leadership, or who want to be more productive in their life and business. Duhigg mixes solid research with great stories to go deeper on motivation, teams, focus, goal setting, managing others, decision making, innovation, and absorbing data.
The Best Team Money Can Buy by Molly Knight
This is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the Los Angeles Dodgers after the sale of their ball club in 2012 and into 2015. A great look at organizational development and the innerworkings of a major league franchise.
Wherever I Wind Up by R.A. Dickey
This autobiography from former major league pitcher R.A. Dickey is a heartfelt, open and honest, look at his life from childhood to college stardom to pro baseball where he struggled from being a journeyman to becoming a star pitcher for the New York Mets. A great story!
Playing For Pizza by John Grisham
This little known fictional Grisham book is a fun summer read about a former NFL back-up quarterback that gets his last shot for the Parma Panthers in Italy.
John Recruit or Die by Chris Resto, Ian Ybarra, & Ramit Sethi
A nice look at how companies can do a better job in recruiting new talent, and how newer or smaller companies can compete against the “big guys” for the best and brightest talent.
Imagine It Forward by Beth Comstock
Former GE and NBC executive uses her life story and real life experiences to demonstrate how to confront change, and become a change maker. Her line “The pace of change in our world will never be slower than it is right now” is alarmingly true!
Developing The Leader Within You 2.0 by John Maxwell
Maxwell took one of his classic books and updated it to further develop and strengthen today’s leaders through key leadership principles and needs.
Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt
Hyatt shows us his Free to Focus method in maximizing our productivity with a more lifestyle that has a stronger wholeness to it. For a healthy, happier, more productive you – this book helps you find your way!
More Than A Believer by Taylor Edge
A great guide to a disciplined and disciple’s life. Easy to read with depth to help encourage and grow veterans in their faith.
Dream Teams by Shane Snow
Snow looks at a number of “teams” in sports, music, business, and other fields from current day and decades or centuries past – looking at how diverse thought among the teams led to great success, and how success didn’t find teams that lacked diverse thought. Fascinating…from Soviet hockey to Wu Tang Clan.
Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, & Alan Eagle
An incredible look into the life and leadership coach Bill Campbell, whose influence as an executive coach impacted the lives and careers of Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, and other executives from some of the world’s largest companies.
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
One of America’s great historical writers teaches us about the leadership and life of Abraham Lincoln and his unusual hand-picked cabinet that he led through the Civil War and Emancipation. A fascinating book full of incredible leadership lessons!
Extraordinary Influence by Dr. Tim Irwin
A fascinating look at brain science and the powerful impact and influence that affirmation can have. This wonderful combination of scientific research coupled with real life application will help everyone in their roles within relationships, marriages, families, companies, and teams.
Taking People With You by David Novak
The former CEO of Yum! Brands uses this book to share the content of the leadership class that he led for leaders and rising leaders within his companies. Great leadership lessons!
The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter by Ian O’Connor
For 19 seasons, Derek Jeter was the cornerstone leader of the New York Yankees, handling himself and his play in an old-school style that influenced his teammates and baseball alike.
The Education of an Accidental CEO by David Novak with John Boswell
The former CEO of YUM brands takes us from growing up in trailer parks around the country to the C-Suite of some of America’s greatest brands, while impacting the corporate world with a phenomenal recognition plan of great impact with his staff
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
McCullough is acknowledged as one of our best historical biographers, and he provides an incredible and fascinating look at the two brothers from Ohio that changed world history through their brilliant knowledge and daring persistence to their incredible flying machine.
Focal Point by Brian Tracy
The secret of high achievers is that they understand their “focal point” – and Brian Tracy gives his reader a simple easy-to-use plan to achieve great results in each area of their life.
Legacy by James Kerr
One of the most incredible books on culture that I’ve ever read! Kerr was embedded with one of the greatest teams of all time, and shares how their culture has led to their incredible success, and how their success has fueled their culture.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
I’d been told that this was the very best biography of Steve Jobs, and Isaacson didn’t disappoint, as he painted a detailed picture of a hugely successful innovator and leader with an extremely complex personality.
Sum It Up by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins
The memoir of the late great Pat Summitt, one of the greatest teachers and coaches in any sport, at any level. I was privileged to know her and be at practices and games to see her greatness.
Eat That Frog! By Brian Tracy
One of America’s top business teachers and speakers provides 21 great ways to stop procrastination. Don’t put off reading this one!!
Fred 2.0 by Mark Sanborn
This is the sequel to Sanborn’s book “The Fred Factor” and it provides applicable examples of real life success found through lessons learned in the first book.
Ask More by Frank Sesno
This shows us that our potential success can be greatly impacted by the power of questions.
The Legends Club by John Feinstein
Written by one of America’s great storytellers, this book looks at three distinctly different leaders, college basketball coaches, who created great highly successful programs all within 20 miles of each other. A fascinating look at over a decade of dueling.
The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon
Another great book from one of my favorite authors, this looks at real life examples of positive leadership and its impactful influence on the teams, organizations, and businesses, and provides practical methods of leadership development.
More Than A Hobby by David Green
Giving It All Away by David Green
These two outstanding books trace the start of retail giant Hobby Lobby from its humble beginnings as a $900 start up making picture frames in a garage, and the second book is how the Green family’s business success has led to a strategy of life-changing giving
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
A great book to evaluate systems, processes, and efficiencies in your life and career, while providing a broad potential vision for one’s life and career.
Why The Best Are The Best by Kevin Eastman
A championship coach and leader shares lists and ideas that have fueled elite performers’ success, including 25 powerful words that impact, inspire, and define champions
Wealthy Speaker 2.0 by Jane Atkinson
One of the world’s top speaking coaches provides a roadmap to success in this field
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This classic book has provided high-performers, for decades, the skills to be successful in relating to others in work and in life.
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
Higher Waiting by Tyler Perry
The Wisdom of Teams by Jon R. Katzenbach & Douglas K. Smith
Gridiron Genius by Michael Lombardi
Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino
Sprinkles by Chip R. Bell
Irresistible by Andy Stanley
A Wrestling Life – Inspiring Stories From Dan Gable by Dan Gable
A Father First by Dwayne Wade
One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams by Ken Blanchard,
Eunice Parisi-Carew and Donald Carew
Drive For Five by Christopher Price
What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan
Originals by Adam Grant
High Output Management by Andrew Grove
Shaken by Tim Tebow & A.J. Gregory
Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow & Nathan Whitaker
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Head Ball Coach by Steve Spurrier & Buddy Martin
Extreme You by Sarah Robb O’Hagan
The Secret by Ken Blanchard
The Storyteller’s Secret by Carmine Gallo
7 Men and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
The Golden Rules by Bob Bowman & Charles Butler
Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni
Platform: How To Get Noticed In A Noisy World by Michael S. Hyatt
Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
The Go Giver by Bob Burg
How Winning Works by Robin Benincasa
Theodore Roosevelt A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Ken Blanchard, Hal Burrows,
What Makes A Leader Great by Russ Crosson
Getting To Us: How Great Coaches Make Great Teams by Seth Davis
Great By Choice by Jim Collins
50 Inventions That Shaped The Modern Economy by Tim Harford
Chipper Jones Ballplayer by Chipper Jones & Carroll Rogers Walton
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
The Business Card by Dr. Steve O. Steff & Scott Gajewsky
Leading With A Noble Purpose by Lisa Earl McLeod
Captains Class by Sam Walker
Teammate by David Ross & Don Yaeger
Fight by Craig Groeschel
Boss Talk by The Editors of the Wall Street Journal
The Warrior Within by Pat Williams
Traction by Gino Wickman
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
The Cub’s Way by Tom Verducci
Unscripted by Ernie Johnson Jr.
No Plan B by Mark Kiszla
The Last Arrow by Erwin McManus
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
For The Glory by Duncan Hamilton
The Lombardi Rules by Vince Lombardi Jr.
Overrated by Eugene Cho
Bo’s Lasting Lessons On Leadership by Bo Schembechler & John U. Bacon
Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Scaling Up Excellence by Hayagreeva Rao & Robert I. Sutton
Death By Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne
The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
The Leadership Game by Tom Mullins
Winning Every Day by Lou Holtz
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson
The Change Monster by Jeanie Daniel Duck
Fit For Life by Harvey Diamond
Relentless by Tim S. Grover
Living With A Seal by Jessie Itzler
Above The Line by
Urban Meyer & Wayne R. Coffey
The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni
American Icon by Bryce G. Hoffman
Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein
Whisper by Mark Batterson
The Search For God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield
The Way of the Shark by Gerg Norman
The $6000 Egg by Todd & Deb Duncan
Reagan’s Journey by Margot Morrell
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
The Soul of Service by Leonard Berry
Players First by John Calipari & Michael Sokolove
The Yankee Years by Joe Torre & Tom Verducci
Greatness, The 16 Characteristics of True Champions by Don Yeager
Remarkable! Maximizing Results Through Value Creation By Dr. Randy Ross
& David Salyers
The Dark Side of the Game by TJ Green
Play The Man by Mark Batterson
More Than A Game by Brian Billick
Working In Sync by Whit Mitchell
You Herd Me by Colin Cowherd
Man In The Mirror by Patrick Morley
Fun Is Good by Mike Veeck
Who’s Holding Your Ladder? by Samuel R. Chand
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Damn Few by Rorke Denver & Ellis Henican
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Training Camp by Jon Gordon
Soup by Jon Gordon
It’s Your Ship by D. Michael Abrashoff
Lead…For God’s Sake by Todd Gongwer
The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn
The Essential Wooden by John Wooden & Steve Jamison
Flight Plan by Brian Tracy
One on One: Behind The Scenes with the Greats in the Game by
Jon Feinstein & David de Vries
Gospel of Freedom by Jonathan Rieder
Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson & Ken Peterson
Dare To Serve by Cheryl Bachelder
People Over Profit by Dale Partridge
Start by Jon Acuff
More Than A Season: Building A Championship Culture by Dayton Moore,
Matt Fulks, Alex Gordon
Double Play by Ben Zobrist, Julianna Zobrist, Mike Yorkey
Help The Helper by Kevin Pritchard & John Eliot
How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Beyond Basketball by Mike Krzyzewski & Jamie K. Spatola
The Gold Standard: Building A World Class Team by Mike Krzyzewski
Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing The Hidden Power of Adversity by
Decide Your Destination by Chad Merrill
Customer Loyalty Guaranteed by Chip R. Bell
Hard Hat by Jon Gordon
Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
A Standup Comic Sits Down With Jesus by Rich Praytor
Motivation to Excellence by Elliott Johnson
Chase The Lion by Mark Batterson
The Game of Work by Charles A. Conradt
3 Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni
Bounce Back by John Calipari
Service Magic by Chip R. Bell
Magnetic Service by Chip R. Bell
Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles
Customer Love by Chip R. Bell
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
Tribes by Seth Godin
All In – What It Takes To Be The Best by Gene Chizik & David Thomas
Teammates Matter by Alan Williams
Creating Magic by Lee Cockerell
The Seed by Jon Gordon
Touchdown Alexander by Shaun Alexander & Cecil Murphey
Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
The Closer, My Story by Mariano Rivera & Wayne Coffey
Swim With The Sharks Without Getting Eaten Alive by Harvey B. Mackay
Death By Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Francona by Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy
The Carpenter by Jon Gordon
EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
Wisdom Walks by Dan Britton & Jimmy Page
Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace
Outstanding: 47 Ways To Make Your OrganizationExceptional by
John G. Miller
A Passion To Lead by Jim Calhoun & Richard Ernsberger Jr.
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni
Dream Team by Jack McCallum
Let Me Tell You A Story by John Feinstein & Red Auerbach
Aspire Higher by Avery Johnson & Roy S. Johnson
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
You Win In The Locker Room First by Jon Gordon & Mike Smith